Researchers from Swansea Universities have stepped in to help a chimpanzee from a local sanctuary, who was suffering from a swollen jaw, after his keepers highlighted his plight.
Clinical imaging staff at the College of Medicine learned from Jan and Graham Garen, the owners of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Abercrave, that Bili, an ex-circus Chimpanzee has been suffering with a swollen jaw for several months and was in need of a diagnosis.
Bili came to Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in September 2011 and keepers say he's a calm and friendly chimp that settled quickly with other chimpanzees but is more sociable with people.
The veterinary surgeons that were caring for Bili had carried out various tests but lab reports showed nothing conclusive. A closer look was needed and so his keepers approached Swansea University for help.
Using specialist imaging equipment, the team identified Bili’s problem was due to a thickening of his jaw and overlying swelling of his facial muscles. This is likely to be from an abscess of his wisdom tooth.
Following the radiological diagnosis, Bili’s veterinary surgeons and keepers can treat the infection with long term antibiotics to try to initiate a healing process. Albeit it seems Bili is not keen on taking tablets despite the keepers’ best attempts to disguise tablets in various foods.